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Aston Olympics encourages sports stars of tomorrow

23 July 2007 – for immediate release

Aston University was recently visited by over 120, nine and ten year olds from across Birmingham who arrived for a fun-filled day of ‘Olympic’ events.

The local children were from Anglesey Primary, Aston Towers, Deykin Avenue and Mansfield Green schools and took part in a variety of activities such as water polo, basketball, football and hockey.

The Aston Olympics, which was the first event of its kind to be organised by the University, was designed to encourage local youngsters to participate in sports. The Titan Partnership, Aston Pride and King Edward’s Aston Specialist Sports College supported the event.

The idea for the Olympics originally arose from the University’s Student Volunteering programme. Volunteers on the day included those from the University’s Sports and Recreation Department as well as staff from a range of academic and support departments, and volunteers from King Edward’s Aston Sports College.

‘Our students had a superb time at Aston’s Olympic games. Staff and children came back very excited and appreciative of the effort the University put into making the event happen,’ said a teacher from Aston Towers Primary School.

Each child who took part received a certificate and a t-shirt. The certificates were presented to each school by Mr David Packham, Aston’s Secretary- Registrar. The University’s catering department also kindly sponsored bottles of drinking water on the day.

‘The event was a great success and I am pleased that the rain held off for us! This was a pilot which we hope to expand in the forthcoming years leading up to the London 2012 Games,’ said Mike Kirkman, Head of Sports and Recreation at the University.

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For further information please contact Hannah Brookes on (0121) 204 4549.

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